found while looking into archives Wednesday, August 11, 1886
DIED - St. Louis, Aug. 5 - A special from Pierce City, Mo., says: Last night the few people who were on the street near the Decatur House, were startled by the sound of pistol shots in the Decatur House saloon. In a few minutes the cause was ascertained, and Wm. REX was found lying dead upon the floor between two billiard tables. The cause of the shooting was about a bill of eighty cents that Rex had owed ROUNTREE & LIVESEY. A few days before Livsey had asked Rex for a settlement of the bill. Rex was maddened because he had asked him for it in the presence of bystanders, and a quarrel ensued, which did not then result seriously. Last night the quarrel was renewed, with the above results.
Since receipt of the above telegram the Pierce City papers giving the details of the murder, have been received here, and they give the facts about the same as given above. It appears from the papers that a quarrel ensued that resulted in a fist fight, when Livsey drew a revolver and
shot Will twice, either of which inflicted a fatal wound. Dr. and Mrs. [M. M.] REX on receiving the sad intelligence, immediately left for Pierce City and on account of the long distance and hot weather the remains were interred there. The family is highly respected here and they have the sympathy of their hosts of neighbors and friends in their sad bereavement. The coroner’s jury found that the shooting was unjustifiable, and the preliminary trial of Livsey was in progress at the time the paper forwarded here went to press.